Universities, colleges, national agencies, and systems suppliers collaborated on this work. Through surveys, workshops and working groups the key issues were identified and prioritised, and a series of solution-focused projects completed:
- Clarifying UK institutional requirements for EMA systems
- Clarifying how suppliers are currently meeting those requirements
- Providing guidance and good practice examples of how technology can be used at all stages of the assessment and feedback lifecycle to enhance the assessment experience
This work has delivered a series of outputs aimed at reducing the barriers to effective EMA implementation in higher and further education (XXXX, 2016a). After piloting the early outputs, institutions identified an additional need for an EMA ‘readiness tool’ to help them target enhancement activities to best effect. This session will focus on that tool (XXXX, 2016b).
The tool identifies a series of key indicators in relation to assessment practice:
- Strategy/policy and quality assurance
- Curriculum data
- Processes and working practices
- Student experience
By completing a questionnaire based on these indicators, a report is automatically generated which rates practice in your part of the organisation at one of five levels against each of the headings. This is accompanied by a tailored action plan which suggest actions and resources to support next steps in enhancing EMA practice.
The tool was piloted in November 2015 with 12 institutions. Participants reported that overall the outcomes matched their own understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and the suggested actions fitted with their experience of how to make progress in each of these areas. The pilots did however reveal some important lessons relating to the level of granularity of response; moving between levels; and data validity which have been built into the revised tool and supporting guidance.
This session will present the tool; discuss the indicators and maturity levels and share the lessons learnt from the pilots. One or more of the pilot institutions will also share their personal perspectives on the process of working through the tool to enhance their practice. The session will allow for a surgery format with participants encouraged to explore the tool in advance and come with comments and questions.
XXXX (2013). Electronic management of assessment [online]. Available at: <URL> [Accessed 29 March 2016].
XXXX (2015). Electronic Management of Assessment: a landscape review [online]. Available at: <URL> [Accessed 29 March 2016].
XXXX (2015). Transforming assessment and feedback with technology [online]. Available at: <URL> [Accessed 29 March 2016]
XXXX (2016). Electronic management of assessment readiness tool [online]. Available at: <URL>.